My very own sewing machine!

I went ahead and ordered a sewing machine for myself, and thanks to Amazon Prime, had it delivered the very next day! Of course…I’ve been working on finishing up my crocheted blanket for the baby, so I haven’t actually touched the sewing machine since I took it out of the box, but I’m really excited to have one of my own! (I got the Brother Innov-is 10a Anniversary edition.) I’m especially excited to already have a good idea of how it works, thanks to borrowing Ariane’s for a few weeks.

As it turns out, the bassinet we are borrowing from a friend has a very specific size – 82 x 43 cm – and while it’s good that it’s a bit larger size, it means I’ll have to buy name brand fitted sheets for it. I’m pretty sure I can make a fitted sheet easily enough with my new sewing machine. This tutorial from Fabric Robot seems to be a good one, so I’ll be trying my hand at that as soon as I can get some good fabric!

I’ve now started a new Pinterest board for collecting my favorite sewing tutorials that I’d like to try. There are also a lot of sewing projects on my Baby Stäbler board, though I might migrate those over to the sewing board at some point. So Sew much fun!

One month to go

So…today is exactly one calendar month until my due date – May 14th!

I can’t believe how quickly time has gone, and I know from what other parents say that it will go by even more quickly after the baby is born. The days are long, but the years are short, as Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project always says. (This is one of my favorite books ever, by the way!)

I’ll be exactly 36 weeks on Wednesday. One month feels like all the time in the world, but also so soon. And considering the fact that I may or may not have that whole month before our lives get twist-turned upside-down, to borrow a line from the Fresh Prince theme song…it’s like living in the Twilight Zone. The baby could come early, or he could come late. It’s really exciting and strange, not knowing exactly when this baby will choose to make his entrance into the world.

Today I will celebrate by finally packing that hospital bag. And setting up the stroller that our cousins gifted us that came in the mail today. And taking a minute or two to truly appreciate the gift of life who’s currently kicking me in the ribs. Can’t wait to meet you, little man!

Last weekend at the Fabrik Marktzeit

There’s a building a few blocks away called the Fabrik. It was an old factory that has since been converted into a cultural building, hosting many different types of events. (It’s very well-known for concerts!)

They have flea markets very often, too, and while I’ve never actually been there for those, I have a feeling I may have to check out the next Kinderflohmarkt to see if there’s anything good that we still need for the baby. But something I didn’t know was that they have a different kind of market there every Saturday!

Our friends Franzi and Eddy suggested going there last weekend; they had also never been there before, so it was something new for all of us. We met there at 10 on Saturday morning for breakfast and then walked around and looked at all of the stands. There are lots of craft things there, specialty food items, and art for sale.

We had a lovely time! Unfortunately, I had a dizzy spell at the end and had to go outside for some fresh air. Luckily, our friends had a car and even though it wasn’t that far from our place, I really appreciated the ride home. I really thought I was going to faint. Thankfully, that’s been the only episode of that in my pregnancy – the last thing you want is a pregnant lady fainting!

But it was really a lovely thing. I  don’t think we’ll go all that often, as the stands are probably pretty much the same from week to week. But for a nice breakfast with friends on a Saturday morning, it’s a fun place! My mom would love it, so I’ll definitely be taking my parents there when they come to visit in late June.

Sunrise, sunrise

After going to bed at about 9:30 last night, I guess my body had had enough sleep by 4:30 a.m., because I woke up then and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had some tea and tried to sleep again for a bit, but then the baby was kicking so much that I was wide awake.

I propped myself up in bed, grabbed my iPad, and wrote a list of things I still have to do before the baby comes. Since those to-do-list kinds of thoughts are also pretty hard to push out of one’s mind when trying to sleep. I’m 35 weeks pregnant today. That’s two weeks until I’m considered full term, and 5 weeks until my due date. I feel so blessed to have come this far.

So I typed along next to my husband, whose sleep was thankfully not disturbed by my tapping on the touchscreen keyboard. At some point, my stomach started growling, so I got out of bed for a bowl of cereal, and I’ve been up ever since.

At around 6:45, I noticed the sun was rising and I was missing it from the kitchen, so I moved over to the living room to take a look. It was a magnificent sunrise, and totally unexpected because the weather forecast for today is more rain. 

I really enjoyed this quiet moment to myself, just me and the sunrise and a baby kicking inside. (He must be practicing his karate moves today or something…)


Spring is the best thing ever. I love that every day, the tree in our backyard gets fuller and fuller with leaves. That our oregano has started growing back all on its own in our planter boxes (the other herbs have not!) and is thriving. That the twigs from our apple tree have also started sprouting. I’m going to decorate them later today with Easter eggs, since it’s only a week and a half until Easter and if I wait much longer, it’ll be too late.

It feels good to have already started my day, although I’ll probably need a nap later. And soon I will be seeing a lot more sunrises as I have a nursing baby waking me up, making sure I don’t miss these quiet morning moments.

When was the last time you sat and watched the sunrise?

Friday links

Happy Friday!

Now that I’ve suddenly got a lot of time on my hands, it’s time to get some things done that I’ve been putting off. Like a haircut. The last haircut I got was back in August…

Nothing crazy, but it needs to be shorter. I’m thinking this length – just grazing my shoulders. Although this picture made me want to get bangs again…but I’m not quite ready again.

TO BUY: This camera tape dispenser is just soooo cute!

TO MAKE: Goodness, I love this American flag made out of jeans!

FOR BABY: My most recent sewing project for baby was this stegosaurus softie! I love how it turned out!

TO BAKE: I’ve been craving fudge brownies.

TO “LAUGH”: Unnecessary quotation marks. I “almost” peed my pants. ;)

TO LEARN: How to hang clothes like a genius.

That’s all for now! Have a nice weekend!